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  1. wilzyx

    wilzyx New Member

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    So this is my situation. A few months back I visited a psychiatrist (who my father knows) because I was not having a good time. I was given zoloft and told to take it, so I did. I have been given a 25 mg dose for a few months and am being taken off of it in a couple of weeks. I'm currently unclear about any diagnoses although my impression from a conversation with the doctor is that it is definitely not depression.

    I am a senior right now and have applied for ROTC scholarships. If awarded one, my understanding is that I will be medically evaluated.

    I am aware that I will probably be disqualified initially. I spoke with my psychiatrist and he said he would advocate on my behalf that I am mentally capable of serving since I was on a very low dose for a short time. My question is whether it is possible to get a waiver if I am just now coming off the medication. Would I be able to keep the scholarship if awarded one?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    Your statement is very contradictory...

    1. You were prescribed an antidepressant, because you weren't "having a good time", but it wasn't for depression? Sounds very...suspect.

    2. Your dad knows the psychiatrist. Relevance?

    3. Dosage is irrelevant. It's the diagnosis that matters. A history of depression (not having a good time) will need to be reported.

    If a waiver is needed AND approved, they will continue the scholarship process.
     
  3. kracy

    kracy Member

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    I remember reading something about having to be off meds for a year I don't know how that would affect getting a waiver
     
  4. wilzyx

    wilzyx New Member

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    Sorry about being unclear. Basically, I was being pressured to go see the psychiatrist. Most of what was being said was about stress and a short period anxiety. I think that still means I'd be disqualified. I'm told this is the type of thing that was more temporary.

    I want and intend to be upfront and honest about this, but is it possible that a waiver could be granted for something like this, particularly because this is so recent?
     
  5. Tigger

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    I think the diagnosis is going to be the key here, not the dose of medication. Zoloft is prescribed for conditions other than depression (e.g., social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks). I don't know if these conditions are disqualifying or not. I'm sure others can speak to that.

    Good luck.

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